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Annual Fund Exceeds Fiscal-Year Goal
July 18, 2014
Albion alumni, students, parents, faculty, staff, and friends clearly believe in their College, sending a strong message of confidence through their level of monetary support in the last twelve months.
The Annual Fund again exceeded its goal, surpassing the $1.7 million target set for fiscal year 2014, which concluded June 30. Consisting solely of unrestricted donations, the Annual Fund comprises the Albion College Fund, which is put toward every aspect of the student experience—from FURSCA projects to faculty development to the lighting in the classrooms—and the Briton Scholarship Fund, which provides annual scholarships to students who need financial support.
“Every year the Albion College family reaffirms their Briton pride in many ways,” said Becky Kocher, director of annual giving and parent engagement. “Thanks to the more than 5,500 donors this past fiscal year, Albion College continues to provide an exceptional education to our current and future Brits.
“The Annual Fund is critical for the College,” she continued. “It makes it possible to pursue excellence in everything we do.”
Overall, spanning all gifts to the College (Annual Fund and other gifts), the final tally included 646 first-time donors and an average gift of $465 per alumni donor, a 38 percent increase from the prior year.
The Annual Fund performance is providing additional momentum to the start of Mauri Ditzler’s presidency. “Meeting—and beating—this crucial fundraising goal is one of the best indicators that Albion College is on the right path,” said Ditzler, who officially started his tenure as Albion’s 16th president on July 1. “People are excited, and not just on campus. We know what’s at stake: the residential liberal arts college is America’s competitive advantage, Albion College provides a nationally recognized liberal arts education, and the quality of that educational experience cannot be sustained without Annual Fund support.”
A key role in the fundraising effort is played by the growing number and efforts of volunteers, including Class Agents, the Parent Leadership Council, Reunion Giving Leaders, Alumni Board members and Chapter Chairs, Faculty and Staff campaign leaders, and the Senior Class Gift Committee.
“We are grateful to have such dedicated donors, volunteers, and staff,” Kocher said, adding that enhanced parent engagement is showing through increases in the number of first-time and overall parent donors. “Each and every contribution makes a difference.”
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